Head coach Tom Landry used Nolan as a "player-coach". When Nolan was injured halfway through his first season, he took over defensive coaching duties. For six seasons, he was an assistant to Coach Tom Landry in Dallas, and afterwards, he was head coach of the San Francisco 49ers for eight seasons from throughnoted for developing the defense and taking the team to three straight NFC West division titles —72twice missing the Super Bowl by only one game —
On November 11,Dick died at the age of 75 in Grapevine, Tex. Prior to his death, he was happily married to his wife Ann and was a father of 5 children. Dick was born on March 26,in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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He was Dick Nolan, a former NFL defensive back who also coached the New Orleans Saintshad been in declining health with Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer for several years. He spent the last few months at an assisted-care facility in the Dallas area, near his longtime home with his wife, Ann.
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Photo gallery. Whether facing a player's defiance, a personnel quandary or even a down-and-distance dilemma, part of this veteran NFL coach still craves advice from Dick Nolan, who had the same job his son now holds for eight seasons -- through 54 wins, 53 losses and a cultural revolution in San Francisco. Yet even before the father died Sunday, the son couldn't ask.
Photo: Scout. His health had deteriorated in recent years as he battled both Alzheimer's disease and prostrate cancer. Mike Nolan, Dick's second son and third of six children, had missed 49ers practice on Friday and Saturday to be with his father before his death.
Dick Nolan, who played nine seasons as a National Football League defensive back and was later a head coach for 11 years, twice guiding the San Francisco 49ers to conference championship games, died Sunday in Grapevine, Tex. He was In May, he was admitted to an assisted-care facility in Grapevine, near his home in Dallas.